Poetics/Documents/Justice A conversation featuring Susan Briante, Philip Metres, M. NourbeSe Philip, and Craig Santos-Perez

Published: Jul 19, 2021
just art documentary poetics justice Susan Briante Philip Metres M. NourbeSe Philip Craig Santos-Perez from unincorporated territory Defacing the Monument Sand Opera Shrapnel Maps
Philip Metres
M. NourbeSe Philip
Susan Briante
Craig Santos-Perez
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Author Biographies
Philip Metres, Carroll University

Philip Metres is the author of ten books, including Shrapnel Maps (2020), The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance (2018), Pictures at an Exhibition (2016), Sand Opera (2015), I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (2015), and others. His work has garnered the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Fellowship, two NEAs, six Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Hunt Prize, the Adrienne Rich Award, three Arab American Book Awards, the Watson Fellowship, the Lyric Poetry Prize, Creative Workforce Fellowship, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. He is professor of English and director of the Peace, Justice, and Human Rights program at John Carroll University.

M. NourbeSe Philip

Born in Tobago, M. NourbeSe Philip (PWA) is an unembedded poet, essayist, novelist, playwright and independent scholar who lives in the space-time of Toronto. A former lawyer, her published works include the seminal She Tries Her Tongue; Her Silence Softly Breaks, the speculative prose poem Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, and her genre-breaking book-length epic, Zong!. Her fiction includes the young adult novel, Harriet’s Daughter. Her most recent work is Bla_K. Her fellowships include Guggenheim, McDowell, and Rockefeller (Bellagio). In 2020, M. NourbeSe Philip was the recipient of PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature and was made a Fellow of the Modern Language Association (MLA).

Susan Briante, University of Arizona

Susan Briante is the author most recently of Defacing the Monument, a series of essays on immigration, archives, aesthetics and the state.In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the collection “a superb examination of the ethical issues facing artists who tell others’ stories” and a “dazzlingly inventive and searching text.” Briante is also the author of three books of poetry. She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona, where she also serves as co-coordinator of the Southwest Field Studies in Writing Program. The program brings MFA students to the US-Mexico border to engage in reciprocal research projects with community-based environmental and social justice groups.

Craig Santos-Perez, University of Hawai'i, Manoa

Craig Santos-Perez is an indigenous Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guam. He is the author of five books of poetry and the co-editor of five anthologies. Dr. Santos-Perez is a professor of English at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, where he teaches creative writing, eco-poetry, and Pacific literature.

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